Last weekend I tried this game for Linux.

Notes
  • Gallium Nine is optional for this game. If you own a NVIDIA card then keep your NVIDIA driver as it is. It should work too.
  • It is not worth asking me to use PlayOnLinux (POL) to install this game. I don't use POL (old school bro!). Only winetricks is used here.

1. Video (youtube)


Honey Select on Linux | Wine 2.8 | Gallium Nine

2. Prerequisites + Installation (Tips to know)

3.0 Download game and EMF patch

While doing a few searches to download this game, listed below are the links I found to download both this game and its EMF patches

2.1 Prerequisites: Set up a new WINEPREFIX (recommended)

As usual set up a new WINEPREFIX
export WINEPREFIX=/some/path/where/to/install/the/game
Then run winecfg to fill/initiate your new WINEPREFIX
winecfg
In my case WINEPREFIX is set to /opt/Builds/wine/data/Honey_Select

2.2 Prerequisites: Winetricks and dotnet45

A few *exe bundled with these games require .NET 4.5. or greater
  • Check that your winetricks version -- if based on git cloned repository -- is up-to-date. Recommended version is 20170517 or greater. You can check your own winetricks version using
    winetricks --version
    If it is required then try to update it using command below
    winetricks --self-update
  • Install the prerequisites
    winetricks -q allfonts dotnet45

2.3 Install the game (manually) to C:\illusion\HoneySelect (Workaround: copy content of the 2 ISO files)

Decompress the file

unrar x HDDGAMES-HNSL-SL.rar
Navigate to the new folder
cd \[160909\]\ \[ILLUSION\]\ ハニーセレクト\ -Honey♥Select-\ +\ Additional\ Data\ +\ Swimsuit\ Set\ +\ Naked\ Apron\ Set\ +\ Oiran\ Set//

This game is split in 2 parts = 2 iso files. There is a setup.exe provided on the first ISO file ILN103_DISK1.iso. Don't launch the setup.exe!!!!

Let me explain why setup.exe does not work on Linux. The main reason is that setup.exe will ask sometime to insert the 2nd CD. It doest not work. setup.exe is bot able to detect the 2nd CD properly even if it is mounted through Linux. But there is a simple workaround to install the game without using the setup.exe.

As root mount the 2 iso files

sudo mount -o loop ILN103_DISK1.iso /opt/Storage/montage0
sudo mount -o loop ILN103_DISK2.iso  /opt/Storage/montage1

Notice: For commands above, you can replace the target paths above by your own target paths

Now copy the content of the 2 WinRoot/ folders located on the 2 iso.
cp -avf /opt/Storage/montage0/WinRoot/* $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/
chmod 777 -R $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/illusion/
cp -avf /opt/Storage/montage1/WinRoot/* $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/

Notice: For commands above, chmod 777 -R ... is recommended to avoid any permission issue to copy files from the 2nd iso file.

Notice: At this point game is now installed at => Unix = $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/illusion/HoneySelect/ => Windows = C:\illusion\HoneySelect. You can check it using winepath.For example in my case it will be the case

david@amdgaming:~$ winepath -w /opt/Builds/wine/data/Honey_Select/drive_c/illusion/HoneySelect/
C:\illusion\HoneySelect\

3. Install EMF patches

Just run the launcher
chmod 777 -R $WINEPREFIX/drive_c/illusion/
wine "Honey Select EMF Patch 0.4.exe" 
Specify C:\illusion\HoneySelect\ as the target destination to install these pachtes as shown below

Specify 'C:\illusion\HoneySelect\'

3. Issue:Launcher does not work. Solution: Write a launcher for Linux

3.1 Launcher does not work and parameters for games

First of all I have to say than on Internet finding help to play this game on Linux/Wine is pretty limited. Secondly I discovered that since it is a Unity game can it worked with directX 9. I took decision to give it a try for Gallium Nine.

Another problem I have is that there is a launcher for this game. Unfortunately this launcher does not work. I got a crash with Wine. Digging a little bit more I discovered that this launcher aims at

  • choosing between two games to launch: classical HoneySelect_XX.exe or HoneyStudio_XX.exe where XX=32 or XX=64.
  • choosing a few graphical parameters for the game (resolution, fullscreen/window mode)...

Those graphical parameters are passed to the game in a command line. Those parameters are listed here. Since it is a Unity game then it just means that the game can be launched without using the launcher. You can lauch the game using the arguments from a command line. For example in order to play/launch HoneySelect with the following options

  • 32 Bits
  • No fullscreen
  • Resolution = 1400x900
you just need to run
wine HoneySelect_32.exe -force-d3d9 -screen-fullscreen 0 -screen-width 1400 -screen-height 900

3.2 A Linux Launcher!

Since it is a little annoying to rewritte the same line each time, it is pretty true that a launcher can be really helpful. So I took decision to writte my own launcher -- as shown in video above --.
The linux launcher is based on gtkdialog.

You have to

  1. install gtkdialog (refer to this link to install it)
  2. download the launcher